Bringing Italian treasures to Guildford!
Let us transport you to the splendour of St Mark’s in Venice and the Sistine Chapel in Rome with our early summer programme of Italian treasures.
Spanning 200 years of spectacular choral music, from the 1550s to the 1750s, we’ve selected some of Italy’s best-loved composers. Gabrieli and Monteverdi, who were stars of their time in the Venetian music scene, and Pergolesi and Allegri – stalwarts of Papal chapel music. Indeed, Allegri’s famous Miserere, with its soaring top Cs, was composed for exclusive performance in the Sistine Chapel and so was surrounded by an air of mystery for almost 100 years.
And Handel’s thrilling Dixit Dominus? Well, Handel may not have been Italian, but he was living in Rome when he composed this extraordinary piece, and it was first performed in the church of Santa Maria di Montesanto in Rome.
The wonderful acoustics of Holy Trinity Church in Guildford's historic High Street are perfect for these illuminating multi-voice pieces. The choir is joined by five emerging artists from music colleges in London and the Hennessey Brown Music Chamber Orchestra. Bellissimo concerto!
Vivace Chorus conducted by Jeremy Backhouse
Soprano: Sofia Kirwan-Baez
© Broadway Studios
Soprano: Emilia Bertolini
© Dan Nunan
Mezzo-soprano: Lexie Moon
© Olivia Da Costa
Tenor: Dafydd Jones
© Julian Guidera
Baritone: Daniel Barrett